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  • Writer's pictureCrystal Faircloth

Museum Blends Science, Literacy in Spring Event

The temperatures are getting warmer, and many folks are itching to get out of the house and enjoy the weather. No one is more prepared than the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) in Whiteville to 'Spring Into Science.'

On March 11, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the NCMNS will be partnering with the Columbus Council of N.C. Reading Association (CCNCRA) to bring this annual event to the public. Spring Into Science is focused on education, science, and most importantly, literacy.

Tables will be set up with different activities for kids to enjoy.

"One will teach them about trees and tree growth as well as the ecoEXPLORE program that the museum runs," said Public and Early Childhood Education Specialist Jessica Stitt. "A table about reptiles and live animals from Halyburton Park in Wilmington will be at the event, and there will be a table where children can make slime."

Along with museum staff, members of the CCNCRA will be very active as well during Spring Into Science.

There will be around six tables, and the children will have a chance to get a stamp as they learn about the content at each one. If they collect all the stamps from all the tables, they will receive a book of their choice from the association. CCNCRA will also be holding Storytime inside for the kids during the event.

The NCMNS also holds regular recurring events at the facility. Every second Saturday is Storytime beginning at 10:30 a.m. Participants read a book aloud and then explore the story's theme with a nature activity. Storytime is sponsored by the CCNCRA.

Playspace pop-ups are held every second and fourth Tuesday of each month, and the activity is geared toward children 4-8 years old. Early childhood education staff lead a morning of exploration and play in the Nature PlaySpace for the little ones. No registration is required.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville is located at 415 South Madison Street. They are open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information about Spring Into Science or any other activities at the NCMNS, call 910.788.5100.

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